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Unhappy Predation & aggression are normal dog-behavior; ppl don't want to acknowledge them.

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I had a almost 9 yr old Great Dane mix... put to sleep this past summer
A couple years ago, she pulled the leash out of my hands and went straight after a little dog ... picked him up, & shook him like a toy.
I ran over and pulled her collar till she released him ... unfortunately, the little dog died the next day, my Luna punctured his lung.
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One of the fosters for Chessie ResQ of VA had a bad habit of thinking she 'knew the dog' after 3 to 5 days in her house; she had dogs of her own, watched how they reacted individually to the newcomer & how the newcomer reacted to each of them - she'd brush & handle any new intake all over, being careful not to push any buttons, in the 1st few days, & think that all was revealed.

A 3-YO F Chessie came in, the owner complained he "didn't have time for her", but reported no behavioral issues - she came with full vet records, no aggro noted anywhere.
She'd been in the house for a week, got along fine with all the dogs, no RG, zero arguments over space or pushing for attn, no conflicts whatever; the foster decided to take her along for a visit to her neighbor, who loved dogs.
The new arrival could heel off-leash, so she didn't even carry one; all the dog wore was tag-collar & temp-tags.

Approaching the front door of the neighbor's house, they saw the elderly resident cat lying on a windowsill, asleep in the sun. The Chessie veered off, went thru the shrubbery to the sill, pulled her down, shook her 2 or 3 times, carried her to the foster's feet, & dropped her there, dead - then she went back to heel position, as if nothing had happened.
The foster took her belt out of her pants' loops, ran it under the dog's buckle collar & thru its own buckle, led her back home, crated her, & went back to pick up the corpse & explain what happened to her kitty.


U really can't assume a dog has no aggro or predatory impulses - they can pop out unexpectedly.
Prevention beats apology every time, & a leash is the cheapest insurance ever for a dog. It doesn't prevent every instance, but WITHOUT a leash, the situation is probly not controllable, period. WITH a leash on, there's at least a chance to react & intervene.

- terry

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